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Below is a family biography included in History of Page County, Iowa published by Iowa Historical Company in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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OSBORN, WILLIAM, farmer, section 36, P. O. Hawleyville; born January 6, 1825, in Morgan county, Ohio. His early life was passed on a farm, and his education received in the common schools of the state. He came first to Iowa in 1849, on a prospecting tour, carefully looking over the country from Keokuk to Oskaloosa. Finding nothing satisfactory to him, he returned to Ohio, remaining until 1852, when he again came to Iowa, with small means, which he increased at labor by the month on farms. In connection with his brother, Dr. Osborn, late of Council Bluffs, he purchased a small farm, which was improved until the fall of 1855. He then purchased the farm he at present owns. The winters of 1855-6-7-8 were spent in teaching school. Mr. Osborn has filled several township positions of trust, thus testifying to the universal esteem and high respect in which he is held. He was married March 27, 1856, to Miss Caroline Mead, in Clarke county, Missouri. She was a native of Warren county, Pennsylvania. They have had five children, of whom three are living: Corry B., Almena and Lorena. Owns 170 acres of good land.

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This family biography is one of 558 biographies included in The History of Page County, Iowa published in 1880.  For the complete description, click here: Page County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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